Community trampolining group awarded grant for work with learning difficulties

The All Inclusive Trampolining Club (AITC) in Sheffield has been presented with a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK to support its provision of exercise opportunities for children and young adults with learning difficulties.

Michelle Guite, the AITC Chairperson, received a cheque from Lucy Goundry, Trustee of MAXIMUS Foundation UK. The Club will use the grant to fund the purchase of additional gym and sensory equipment for the young people it supports, providing them with opportunities to engage with others and be physically active.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups.  In particular those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said: “I’m tremendously impressed by the work of this group, which is helping young people who might otherwise be excluded from their local communities. This is a fantastic example of a community initiative making a real difference to people’s lives, and something we’re delighted to support.”

Michelle Guite, Chairperson of the AITC, said: “Many of our members are young people who struggle to find activities that meet their health needs, but also have real difficulty making friends and engaging with others. Our club makes a contribution to their long-term health, and allows their families to share experiences with others in similar situations.

“We’re delighted and grateful to receive this grant from MAXIMUS Foundation UK, which will help in the purchase of much needed equipment.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS Foundation UK recently published its inaugural annual report, confirming nearly £60,000 in grants to charities and community groups in the past year. The Foundation has called for further grant applications from local charities and community organisations.

MAXIMUS is a health and employment services business and for more than forty years has worked with governments around the world to provide support to a diverse range of communities. In the UK, MAXIMUS employ 4,000 staff, including over 2,000 doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and other Healthcare Professionals. Operating from more than 300 locations in the UK, MAXIMUS is one of the largest providers of employment, health and disability support programmes in the country.

Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, Health Management and Health & Human Services are all MAXIMUS UK businesses. In 2015 MAXIMUS entered a Joint Venture partnership with Remploy, the largest provider of disability employment services in the UK.

For further information or comment from Marilyn Saunders, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 /